It seems as if Joe Biden’s favourite new pastime is hooning about in giant electric cars – and his latest joyride might just be the most overwhelmingly American thing he’s ever done.
As the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden is pushing to have 50% of all vehicles sold in the US to be electric by 2030 and has introduced a variety of policies meant to stimulate American electric vehicle production. He’s backing EVs to the hilt and has made many public appearances either driving or spruiking locally-made EVs.
His latest stunt? Driving a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xE plug-in hybrid around the front of the White House. Biden posted about his drive on Twitter, saying it’s “not a bad place to test drive the electric future of American auto.”
There’s just something extremely ‘Murica about the POTUS in a Jeep at the White House. All he needs is a big flag and a gun and you’ll have the full picture.
Not a bad place to test drive the electric future of American auto. pic.twitter.com/2SfASt2YL3— President Biden (@POTUS) February 25, 2023
This isn’t the first time he’s driven a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xE around the White House, with the 80-year-old having driven both the 4xE and the GMC Hummer EV for a photo opportunity back in 2021.
Biden also recently tested the Ford F-150 Lighting at a Ford safety testing centre in Dearborn, Michigan as well as the new Cadillac Lyriq at the Detroit Motor Show, where he was even interviewed by social media star Daniel Mac about the electric car.
Of course, there’s a reason Biden’s only driving the car around the White House: it’s one of the few places he’s allowed to drive. Typically, sitting US Presidents aren’t allowed to drive themselves, as it’s considered to be a safety risk by the Secret Service.
Vice-Presidents aren’t allowed to drive, either – a point of frustration for Biden, who’s a noted revhead, when he was in the role. Biden talked about how much he missed driving back in 2016 during an interview with Jay Leno, who Biden took for a spin in his prize possession: his 1967 Corvette Stingray convertible.
Whilst Trump was in office, Biden got four years of driving freedom – but now that he’s in charge, his chances to drive are few and far between. Perhaps that’s for the best, considering his age…